The presence of wonder. I like that.
Intentionally looking for wonder in the everyday . . . expecting great things from a great God.
This is a good way to start the year because our hope is in the One who makes all things new and wondrous.
1,874 posts, ago. this is EXACTLY why I started blogging. I read this quote from Brennan Manning and it resonated so strongly with me —
We encounter God in the ordinariness of life, not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary mystical experiences, but in our simple presence in life. Brennan Manning
…so I began to look for God as soon as I woke up each morning . . . and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Simple things remind me that there is God-given wonder to be enjoyed.
- hugging my husband
- chocolate and chai
- signing for the deaf
- speaking to women’s groups and tea one-on-one
- adventures with our grandson, Phoenie
- fresh laundry drying on the clothesline
- water walks in the summer
- sitting on my big, blue pondering chair, reading the Bible
- popping bubble wrap
- red onions and green apples
- back and neck massages
- Jelly Bellies (NOT buttered popcorn flavour)
- popping homegrown cherry tomatoes into my mouth
- the perfect cadence on my road bike
- homemade Smoothies
- flannel sheets
- homemade Christmas decorations
- Tootsie Pops
- jumping waves
- checking off “To do” lists
- newborn toes
- laughing until my stomach hurts
- funky silver bracelets
- crocheting blankets for people I love
- lying in bed, listening to the rain and the wind and the waves.
- getting into “soft clothes” after a long day
- water balloon fights
- forehead kisses
- long hikes
. . . and presents for absolutely no reason at all. Today, Chris and I visited good friends and one very special young lady had painted this for me. I couldn’t express it any better, this love of life, this expectation that God will come through with wonder and delight. I only have to look for it.
Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him, who is perfect in knowledge? Job 37.16